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Australian vocalist Mig Ayesa's solo piano take of Peter Frampton's '70s über-ballad "Baby, I Love Your Way" was a welcome surprise on the 2004 CBS reality competition Rock Star: INXS. As the rest of the contestants oversang, writhed on-stage, and generally schlocked things up, Ayesa stripped back his approach and let his boyish charm and soft vocals make the most of Frampton's popular if somewhat unfairly critically maligned hit. The move helped propel him into the final three on the show, although he ultimately was not picked to be the new lead singer of the rock band INXS. Frankly, with his yearning, high-pitched voice more suitable for Coldplay-style alt-rock and Eric ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Australian vocalist Mig Ayesa's solo piano take of Peter Frampton's '70s über-ballad "Baby, I Love Your Way" was a welcome surprise on the 2004 CBS reality competition Rock Star: INXS. As the rest of the contestants oversang, writhed on-stage, and generally schlocked things up, Ayesa stripped back his approach and let his boyish charm and soft vocals make the most of Frampton's popular if somewhat unfairly critically maligned hit. The move helped propel him into the final three on the show, although he ultimately was not picked to be the new lead singer of the rock band INXS. Frankly, with his yearning, high-pitched voice more suitable for Coldplay-style alt-rock and Eric Carmen-esque AOR than straightforward rock and funk, Ayesa was never a good fit for the '80s Aussie icons. Which is why Ayesa's 2007 solo debut album, Mig, comes as a pleasant surprise. Playing as a better-produced version of the Mig viewers saw on Rock Star, the album finds Ayesa not only revisiting his now trademark "Baby, I Love Your Way" -- which features Frampton on guitar -- but also other superbly chosen cover tunes such as the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," the Police's "Wrapped Around Your Finger," and the Rolling Stones' "Angie." These are impeccably produced arrangements that frame Ayesa's pleasing vocals with tasteful orchestration and enough electric muscle to give the proceedings a bit a glam rock sheen. If his take on David Bowie's "Life on Mars" is a bit too close to the original, it only serves to point out how covers-heavy the album is. That said, the few Ayesa originals included here, such as the sweeping, bright pop anthem "She Loved" and the Raspberries-influenced power ballad "You and I," are as memorable and engaging as anything else on the album. In that sense, Mig reveals Ayesa -- pictured with his large mop of shiny black hair and action-figure outfits -- as a kind of contemporary anime lounge singer ready to do battle with giant rock opera robots and sweep his princess away in his piano starship.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517260061
  • Catalog Number: 000882502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby, I Love Your Way - Mig (3:41)
  2. 2 She Loved (4:01)
  3. 3 Kiss from a Rose (4:11)
  4. 4 Life on Mars (3:29)
  5. 5 Could It Be (4:38)
  6. 6 Waterloo Sunset (4:10)
  7. 7 Can't Find My Way Home (3:20)
  8. 8 Wrapped Around Your Finger (5:06)
  9. 9 Who Wants to Live Forever (4:21)
  10. 10 You and I (3:52)
  11. 11 Jeremy (5:07)
  12. 12 Angie (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mig Ayesa Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Peter Frampton Acoustic Guitar
Matthew Wilder Guitar, Keyboards
Bruce Dukov Strings, Concert Master
Peter G. Hanson Violin
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Mark Berrow Violin
Charlie Bisharat Strings
Alex Brown Choir, Chorus
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Nicholas Bucknail Clarinet
Paul Bushnell Bass
Darius Campo Strings
Carmen Carter Choir, Chorus
Larry Corbett Strings
Randy Crenshaw Choir, Chorus
Joel Derouin Strings
Richard Edwards Tenor Trombone
Andy Findon Flute
Wendy Fraser Choir, Chorus
James Harrah Acoustic Guitar
John Heley Cello
Clydene Jackson Choir, Chorus
Garfield Jackson Viola
Angie Jaree Choir, Chorus
Skaila Kanga Harp
Zev Katz Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Chris Laurence Double Bass
Rick Logan Choir, Chorus
Martin Loveday Cello
Rita Manning Violin
Michael Markman Strings
Rob Mathes Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Conductor, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, fender rhodes
Steve Morris Violin
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
John Pierce Electric Bass
Chris Pitsillides Viola
Joe Pizzulo Choir, Chorus
Anthony Pleeth Cello, Soloist
Johnathan Rees Violin
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Jason Scheff Choir, Chorus
David Stenske Strings
Cathy Thompson Violin
Carmen Twillie Choir, Chorus
Josefina Vergara Strings
Maxine Willard Waters Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters Choir, Chorus
Evan Wilson Strings
John Wittenberg Strings
Terry Wood Choir, Chorus
Margaret Wooten Strings
Gavyn Wright Violin, Concert Master
Dermot Crehan Violin
Karen Elaine Bakunin Strings
Gary Fallone Choir, Chorus
Maurice Murphy Trumpet
Robert Peterson Strings
Mary Scully Double Bass
Julia Waters Choir, Chorus
Ben Chappell Cello
Peter Lale Viola
Suzie Katayama Strings
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Jackie Shave Violin
Bruce White Viola
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Shari Sutcliffe Strings
Norm Hughes Strings
Natalie Leggett Strings
Julian Leaper Violin
Richard Watkins Horn
Perry Mason Violin
Laurence Greenfield Strings
Julian Hallmark Strings
Nigel Black Horn
Rachel Bolt Viola
Michael Valerio Acoustic Bass
Dave Stewart Tuba, Bass Trombone
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Yang-Qin Zhao Strings
Chris ONeal Oboe
Windy Wagner Choir, Chorus
Robert Matsuda Strings
Andrew Duckles Strings
Becky Bunnell Strings
Gerardo Hilera Strings
Ruth Ehrlich Violin
Morgan Goff Viola
Steve Richards Strings
Rudolph Stein Strings
Tom Pigott Smith Violin
Michele Richards Strings
Tereza Stanislav Strings
George Kim Scholes Strings
Danielle Gaha Choir, Chorus
Leon Enrique Bosch Double Bass
Julie Andrews Bassoon
Tim Davis Choir, Chorus
Christopher Tombling Violin
Caroline Dearnley Cello
Mario de León Strings
Michael Thompson Horn
Mig Piano
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Peter Frampton Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Matthew Wilder Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production, Choir Arrangement
Steve Winwood Composer
Brian May Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Jeff Ament Composer
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Rob Mathes Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Keith Richards Composer
Eddie Vedder Composer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Pat Barry Art Direction
Jan Folkson Digital Editing, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Bojan Dugich Engineer
Mig Ayesa Vocal Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Mig L Composer
Charlie Paarkkari Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Not A Good CD

    THE EMPEROR HAS NOT CLOTHES I had to write cause all the 5-star reviews are bothering me so much I had to write a short review. IMHO this is a slick overproduced saccarhine sticky bit of junk food. Slick and w/o any thing like real imagination. The cool and neat stylishness that Mr. Ayesa exhibited on RockstarINXS is totally absent here. As a matter of fact I've seen bootleg tapes of him that had more to them, I'd recommend them over this junk food. If you like nice sweet slick soulless pop then go ahead and buy this, but if you're looking for something more try James Blunt of John Mayer. Wendy45

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG is Exquisite, Perfect & Delightful

    MiG is EXQUISITE delicately beautiful, rich in intense emotion, elaborately produced. MiG is PERFECT without defect, flawless, pure, extreme degree of excellence. MiG is DELIGHTFUL captivating, enjoyable, giving great pleasure and satisfaction. MiG, the concept album, is a must for yourself, your family and your friends. Bring joy, beauty, peace and tranquility into your life and buy MiG, now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Brilliance

    MiG shines!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This is a must buy! MiG's voice is incredible and captivating!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    MiG's self-titled debut CD is amazing. His voice and range bring a different element to these classics as does the re-worked orchestral arrangements. I dare say that MiG's version of "Baby I Love Your Way" is better than the original and with Frampton featured on guitar this is sure to be a "new" classic. MiG's version of The Rolling Stone's "Angie" is heartbreakingly beautiful and MiG's cover of Queen's "Who Wants To Live Forever" blows me away. The orchestral arrangement and choir takes my breath away. This is a concept album of classic rock songs and MiG has succeeded in breathing new life into them with his fresh interpretations on the originals. Since this was intended as a covers-only album, it is a testament to MiG's songwriting ability that 3 of his original tracks are included on this debut album. The single "She Loved" sounds like a sure fire hit as does "You And I" and "Could it Be" (my favorite original on the album). I know I just got this CD but it makes me yearn for the next CD...with MiG's vast vocal range and musical styles that include rock/soul/funk, I can't wait to see what he has in store for us on his next album!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG is A Must Have!!!

    After seeing MiG on Rockstar INXS, I had high hopes for his debut CD and I can safely say that it has exceeded all expectations. From what I understand this was supposed to be a 'concept' album featuring re-arranged covers of classic rock songs, but there were also three insanely good original tracks on the CD...SWEET!!! They definitely left this reviewer wanting more and eagerly awaiting the next offering by MiG!! I'd say this CD is a MUST HAVE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG by MiG

    This is a beautiful album! There are mostly covers, but they are done in a way to make them seem bigger than they originally were with great orchestration arrangements, and MiG's wonderful vocal abilities. But the best surprise are the three original tunes. They not only hold their own with the tried and true covers, but I personally like them better. I am eagerly awaiting an album entirely of originals. Meanwhile, this CD will keep my ears very happy! And, I was able to purchase this CD in the store, after not being able to find it at any of the regular CD stores. Good for Barnes&Noble, my new first stop for music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STAR quality, new talent.....making new waves

    Mig has branched from theater to Rock scene with a great album of covers and three originals that will make you want more. He sang his songs with exposed emotions. He has an engaging voice that will carry you into the depts of his music. The arrangements on the covers are refreshing and brilliant. Glad to have his album released. Hope he makes more or do a tour. LISTEN to his original SHE LOVED, its outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE!

    This CD is even better than I expected!!!! I had heard some tunes from his sampler songs on his MySpace, but I didn't expect to be so blown away when I heard the full CD!!!! He's got some of my all time favorite songs on there, "Can't Find My Way Home" (which I thought no one but me even knew or remembered!!), Life On Mars was just amazing! ANGIE... a song I never really cared for when The Stones did it... but, NOW... because of MiG's rendition, it's one of my absolute favorites!!!!!! I'm also very happy that we got to hear some of his original tunes as well. If this is an indication of what we have to look forward to for the next CD... count me in!!! This CD most definitely makes you FEEL the music, unlike most these days!! His voice is intoxicating and I'm so happy to have this in my possession now to be able to listen to non-stop!!! (gotta love the "repeat" button on the CD player!!) This is a MUST BUY!!!!!!!!! I think I will even get a few extras for Birthdays and Holidays coming up to give to people!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG

    The wait for this debut cd has been worth every second! MiG's voice is absolutely thrilling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG

    MiG's voice is amazing. His voice turns the songs into music. I could listen to him sing ALL DAY, EVERYDAY. Can't wait for his next cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG

    I listen to this disc from start to finish without skipping any songs. I can say that about very few CD's that I buy. I think it would appeal to a broad range-classic rock fans and possibly even alternative fans "Jeremy is surprisingly powerful!" I particularly like MiG's originals and I can't wait to hear what he puts out next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ace!

    MiG the album is an ACE! Simply put, I love it! It's a spectacular blend of music. The way the songs are redone and blended musically makes them refreshing and such a pleasure to my ears. The originals are brilliant as well. I love the style and now that I've tasted them, can't wait for a second album from this brilliant artist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!

    Wow! Classic Rock mixed with an orchestrated background is truly amazing! MiG’s wonderfully unique voice and the combined talent, of Matthew Wilder, Paul Buckmaster and Rob Mathis have created a marvelous master piece. Peter Frampton playing guitar and MiG’s special arrangement on “Baby I Love Your Way” is breath taking!! His three originals are pure talent and I can’t wait for his next CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    MiG again has shown us another side of his vocal capabilities. We have heard rock, ballards,soul and jazz (for those who have seen him live. Now MiG has made a cd worthy of adult contemporary new comer of the year. Not what many expected after seeing him on RockStar but MiG has shown many spectrums of his talent on tv in the states Rock n Roll, live in person Rock, soul, jazz. His cd?? A wonderful array of old rock classics given new life. His voice is amazing. He can write, perform and capture your soul with his music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG

    I've recommended MiG to all of my friends. It's one of those discs you can listen to from beginning to end, and over again. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiG is Exquisite

    I own the CD MiG by MiG Ayesa. This is the most beautifully arranged, orchestrated, and produced album I have ever had the pleasure to hear. MiG has a voice that is incomparable to any living singer of his genre. It is superb, flawless, absolutely exquisite. When you listen to it you get lost in the pure joy of the sound. I would recommend it highly and encourage people to give themselves the immeasurable pleasure of this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MiGnificent!

    Absolutely MiGnificent! Love his voice and performances! Buy the album and you won't be disappointed!

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